Arizona Treasurer Kimberly Yee (R) announced Wednesday that she is serving as interim governor of the Grand Canyon State.
“I have been informed that I will serve as acting governor from this evening until tomorrow morning,” Yee said in a statement, adding that she was “excited to assume this role.”
The announcement raised questions due to the mysterious circumstances surrounding Yee’s temporary ascension.
It is not customary for high-ranking state officials to be appointed as “acting governors” when a governor leaves the state or is temporarily incapacitated, such as for medical procedures. What’s unusual about this case, however, is that Yee’s position as state treasurer is third in Arizona’s line of succession, after Arizona’s secretary of state and Arizona’s attorney general. under the Constitution of the State of Arizona.
What’s also unusual is that it’s not exactly clear why Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) resigned.
When governors temporarily delegate powers, they typically explain why it is necessary and to whom the powers are being delegated. Hobbs actually I just did this two months ago when She left Arizona to attend a national gubernatorial conference.
After to the Daily Independent, Hobbs left the state on Sunday. But it is unclear why she left, and her office has not announced a temporary transfer of power to Foreign Minister Adrian Fontes (D).
Additionally, the newspaper reported that Fontes was scheduled to leave Arizona on Wednesday and that Attorney General Kris Mayes (D) was “also gone.” That would explain why Yee became acting governor and will hold that position until Thursday, as Hobbs is scheduled to return Thursday, according to the newspaper.
TheBlaze reached out to the Arizona Department of Revenue and Governor Hobbs’ office for clarification. Neither office responded by press time because Arizona is three hours behind EST. TheBlaze will update this story if we receive a response.
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